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Numerous judges were honored this year for their service to the community and commitment to higher education in 2010.

The Indiana Judicial Center, Indiana Supreme Court, and judges from around the state recognized nine judges for their 24 years of service on the bench during this year’s annual judicial conference. Those judges are: Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura, Lake Superior Court; Senior Judge Scott Bowers; Judge Dean A. Colvin, Marshall Superior Court 2; Justice Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court; Judge Thomas Fisher, Indiana Tax Court; Senior Judge Steven Fleece; Judge Gregory Gillis, Lake Superior Court; Judge Daniel Molter, Newton Superior Court; and Judge Charles O’Connor, Shelby Circuit Court.

The Indiana Judicial Center also honored Steuben Circuit Judge Allen Wheat and Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland for their contribution to public information and education. Judge Wheat produced a video for teens on what happens in court as a result of a drunk-driving arrest. Holland was recognized for her reporting on the State of the Judiciary and the Judicial Nominating Commission process for selecting the new Supreme Court justice.

Twenty-two judges also completed Indiana Judicial College Certificates, which include judicial education in legal ability, judicial responsibility, and personal growth and development. A complete list of graduates can be found on the court’s website.

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